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InFARMation (and Beer!)

“Eating is an agricultural act” Wendell Berry, The Pleasures of Eating

Holocene's front door

Holocene's front door

Since January 2009, Friends of Family Farmers has hosted InFARMation (and Beer!) each month in Portland.  This is an opportunity to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers and the community in general.  The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in our state.  When eaters connect with farmers, it makes our food web stronger and real changes in our local food system are possible.  While these events occur monthly in Portland, we visit locations around Oregon for periodic localized InFARMations as well. See the full schedule of upcoming events below:

Where: Holocene, located at the corner of SE Morrison and SE 10th in Portland. Please note: Holocene does not have a street sign.  They do have a fantastic sound and video system, a full bar, and serve food.

When: The second Tuesday of every month.

5:30-6:30 – Arrive, networking, enjoyment of food and beverages

6:30-8:00 – Speakers(s), Q & A

8:00-8:30 – Additional discussion, networking & enjoyment of food and beverages

InFARMation (and Beer!) is always free and open to the public, AND IT IS ALL AGES!

InFARMation(and Beer!) Schedule 2014

Coming Up:

November 11th: Truffles: Treasured, Hound-Found, Inoculated. Our panel includes truffle power team Leslie Scott and Charles Leferve, organizers of the renowned Oregon Truffle Festival and truffle cultivation specialists of New World Truffieres; Lisa Brosnan, truffle hunter and truffle dog trainer. Lisa will be bringing one of her Lagotto Romagnolo pups, a rare Italian breed known for hunting truffles, for a live demonstration. Additional panelist may also join in the fun! More info here>>>

November 18th: Local Food and Farming in Central Oregon: Save the Date! We’re excited to announced that our first InFARMation in Central Oregon is taking in place in Bend this month. Join us on Tuesday, November 18 at 5:30 pm at the Broken Top Bottle Shop in Bend (1740 NW Pence Lane, Suite 1) for a discussion of local food issues with Central Oregon farmers and chefs. With support from the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, we’ll have a panel discussion, Q & A, mingling and awesome local food and drink. Panelists TBA.

December 9th: Give!Guide Giving Party

Previous InFARMation Topics:

October 14th: Discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We gained a basic understanding of the issues and controversy surrounding these trade policies and the impact on Oregon agriculture. Our panel included Elizabeth Swager, Executive Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Julia DeGraw, Northwest Organizer, Food & Water Watch and David Delk of Portland Alliance for Democracy and the Populist Dialogues.

September 9th: Food Access: Focused on work being done to get locally grown, nutritious food on the table, create food security, provide economic opportunity and empower people to grow for themselves and for others in both urban & rural areas.

August 12th: Women Warriors: A film screening of Terra Firma and panel discussion with Oregon veteran and rancher Mickey Clayton of Dot Ranch and filmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson.  The film is about women veterans who have found ways to heal the hidden wounds of war through farming. Terra Firma follows a few women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time spent in the military, the impact of war on their lives and their newfound peace of mind and purpose farming gives them

July 8th: Oregon’s Sustainable Wine Industry: Hear from a great panel on a number of issues facing Oregon’s sustainable wine industry. Our discussion will focus on and the individual and collaborative approaches being implemented to protect and nurture resources as well as further one of Oregon’s best known industries. We are delighted to present John Paul of Cameron WineryKevin Scribner of Salmon-Safe and Kevin Chambers, farmer and co-founder of Oregon Vineyard Supply.

May 13th: Organic Transition: We’ll talk organics with a emphasis on the transition period and the challenges it presents to both producers and buyers. Our panel includes Education Director of Oregon TilthSarah Brown,  certified organic farmer Jim Bronec of Praying Mantis Farm; and James Henderson, Farmer Liaison for Hummingbird Wholesale.

June 10th: Participatory Plant Breeding; Farmer-driven, eater-influenced and researcher-supported on-farm seed selection for taste, nutrition and sense of place. What a mouthful! Join us for a conversation with Anthony Boutard of Ayers Creek Farm; Chef and food/farm advocate, Linda Colwell; and Lane Sellman, Project Manager of OSU’sCulinary Breeding Network: where breeders meet eaters!

April 8th: Bread is Agriculture: Panelists for this tasty talk include Annie Moss of Tabor Bread, Clint Lindsey of Greenwillow Grains and Charlene Murdock-White of Nana Cardoon. Details here>>>

March 11th: The Whey Forward: Alternative Dairy Models: We heard from a panel of professionals in the dairy field. We discussed alternative models of milk production with Organic Valley producer and board member Steve Peirson of Sar-Ben Farms and raw milk producer and advocate, Charlotte Smith of Champeog Creamery. We also learn about the delicious process of turning milk into cheese from Mollalla Cheesemaker Carine Goldin of Goldin Artisan goat Cheese.

February 11th: Oregon’s Land Use System: Join us as we take a look at how the land use system is serving agriculture and explore ways in which it may need to be refined. Our panel includes Mr. Jim Johnson, Land Use Specialist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture; Steve McCoy, Farm and Forest Staff Attorney at 1000 Friends of Oregon; and Greg Malinowski, Washington County Commissioner and certified organic farmer on the urban growth boundary. More info>>>

January 14th: Oregon’s State Nut: Some say filbert and some say hazelnut. Either way Oregon’s state nut is delicious. Join us as we discuss conventional and organic hazelnut production and the challenges farmers face to successfully produce this local crop, while competing in a global market. More Info>>>

Previous 2013 InFARMations

Previous 2012 InFARMations

Previous 2011 InFARMations

Previous 2010 InFARMations

Previous 2009 InFARMations

Want to start an InFARMation Series in your neck o’ the woods?  Email Leah for more information.

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